Along with Thanksgiving and Christmas, Easter is one of the most planned-for holidays. Families and friends gather together to celebrate, and part of that celebration is a big dinner.
Easter falls in spring and with spring comes an abundance of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables that have just come back into season.
If you need recipe ideas, check out Gather Friends and Family Around the Easter Table With These Celebratory Vegan Dishes for a bunch of beautiful and delicious ideas. Don’t forget the side dishes! Here are 10 Side Dishes That Make Great Easter Dinners Complete. For such a special occasion, we want to cover the dinner table with impressive dishes that are just as special, so here are 20 beautiful dishes for your special Easter dinner.
1. Italian Yellow Flat Beans With Olive Oil, Garlic, and Tomatoes
2. Parmesan Roasted Potato Salad
3. Braised Cauliflower With Chickpeas, Tomato, and Kale
4. Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta
This Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta dish is the perfect Easter dinner. It’s full-flavored, yet incredibly easy to make. Freshly cooked lentils are tossed in a mixture of mustard and onion with fresh cherry tomatoes and served on a bed of warm pasta. Top this hearty dish with chopped, fresh herbs and a sprinkle of almond parmesan.
5. Raw Breaded Eggplant Meatballs With Marinara Sauce
6. Seitan Steak in Beurre Blanc Sauce
When it comes to holiday dinners, you want to be sure that you’re providing a meal that’ll please everyone. Well, this Seitan Steak in Beuerre Blanc Sauce will leave vegans and meat-eaters alike craving for more! The beurre blanc sauce that’s ladled over the “steak” is made from a combination of fresh parsley and fennel fronds. And the fries are oven-baked to crispy perfection. Parboiling them prior to baking helps them get that crisp texture we all want from fries.
7. Portobello Mushroom Steaks
These juicy Portobello Mushroom Steaks will satisfy your cravings and fill you up. Sautéed with onions, balsamic vinegar, mirin, and herbs, it’s savory and delicious. Serve these portobello mushroom steaks with a soup and salad for a complete meal. This the perfect choice for an Easter dinner for two, or you can double or triple the recipe if you’re looking to serve more guests.
8. Mini Stuffed Seitan Roasts With Instant Mushroom Gravy
9. Quinoa and Portobello Mushroom Stacks With a Red Pepper Coulis
10. Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy
11. Cauliflower Steak With Pesto and Almond Cornmeal Crumbs
This Cauliflower Steak With Pesto and Almond Cornmeal Crumbs is a delight to the senses. The steaks are crispy, yet tender, and topped with a freshly made basil pesto and a crunchy, toasted almond, and cornmeal crumble. Serve this crowd-pleasing entrée on a bed of fresh spinach with fresh tomatoes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
12. Roasted Vegetable Loaf With a Balsamic Glaze
13. Creamy Polenta With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Spinach
This recipe for Creamy Polenta With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Spinach is cheesy, filling and flavorful. The roasted tomatoes are sweet and tangy, and pair so well with the creamy polenta and dark sautéed greens. Last, but not least, sautéed mushrooms add a delicious savory flavor and meaty texture. This is a beautiful dish for Easter dinner.
14. Crispy Breaded Chickpea Cutlets in a Savory Mushroom Gravy
15. Vegetable Casserole With Creamy Sauce and Crunchy Macadamia Topping
16. Cauliflower Pot Roast
Roasted cauliflower is one of the most delicious foods on the planet, and the presentation in this Cauliflower Pot Roast makes it fancy enough to serve at any occasion. The accompanying gravy is packed with lentils, cashews, and nutritional yeast — and plenty of flavor. Smother your roasted veggies and potatoes in this gravy, and you’ve got yourself a complete meal!
17. Avocatta Lasagna Rolls
These Avocatta Lasagna Rolls will please the palate of anybody who loves Italian food! What’s avocatta? Instead of your typical cashew-tofu ricotta, these lasagna rolls are filled with a blend of everyone’s favorite stone fruit, avocado, fresh spinach and tomatoes, and dried herbs. The result is as good as it sounds.
18. Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Cream
Put a twist on the classic Italian dish with these Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Cream. Baked eggplant is layered with a homemade cashew ricotta, balsamic-infused baby spinach, and marinara sauce. This recipe is perfect for a special dinner when presentation really counts.
19. Healthy Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta
20. Pan-Fried Tofu Steaks With Coriander Cream and Asparagus
Asparagus is back in season, and they are a perfect side to these Pan-Fried Tofu Steaks With Coriander Cream. The tofu steaks are spicy with red chili, and the fresh coriander cream cools things down with a tang. Serve with greens and asparagus for a dish that could be on any fancy restaurant menu.
Nothing is as special as family and friends gathering around a table in celebration. Your dishes need to be just as special, and these recipes will turn your dinner table into a beautiful holiday feast.
Lead image source: Cauliflower Pot Roast